MailChimp… Not For Affiliate Marketers
Art of Blog has been a MailChimp supporter for sometime now.
Checkout our MailChimp Review: Easy Email Marketing
MailChimp is an excellent platform to manage your Newsletters. In fact some of the largest online brands use and trust MailChimp everyday.
But a serious problem comes up if you are an affiliate marketer who uses MailChimp.
For starters, affiliate marketers are BANNED by MailChimp!
MailChimp Bans Users Who Promote Affiliate Links
You’ll see Affiliate Marketers, right in between MLM and Credit Repair. On a list that also includes Escorts, Illegal Goods and Gambling as services and industries that are barred from using MailChimp.
Probably not the best company for Affiliate Marketing to be associated with.
Okay, so a good majority of those industries are understandable… but what does that mean for someone who has a MailChimp account and includes affiliate links without realizing that they are violating these terms.
Users May Be Confused And Not Realize That They Are In Violation
Especially after seeing some of the MailChimp themes, like the Amazon and Coupon.
MailChimp says that they’ll cancel your account and block you from your own list… if you are caught in violation.
That’s all I needed to hear!
Imagine working hard building your list, then finding out one day that it’s all gone.
MailChimp is taking a very serious stance against term violators. They have a team made-up of MailChimp employees and independent contracted workers using internal technology to review the content of emails being sent out.
I don’t know about you… but that looks pretty serious to me.
MailChimp is a great service… but they are positioning themselves as a pure newsletter service.
I think that they do a brilliant job at that, they make it very easy for anyone to jump right in and create a very eye-catching newsletter. They have all the analytics tools that you would expect, and I really love their ebooks.
They just aren’t a service that affiliate marketers should be using… again not because they are bad.
They are just looking to work with a different type of customer.
If you are planning to do affiliate marketing, my best recommendation is using AWeber. You can read my review: AWeber: The Best Email Management System? and decide if AWeber makes sense for your business.
To be totally fair, I haven’t heard of many MailChimp users being banned… but I just don’t like the idea of my business being in jeopardy so easily, basically loosing all of your subscribers in an instant.
Not my kind of odds.
What do you think? Let’s continue the conversation in the comments section. I’m really interested in what everyone has to say.